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Guns of the Old West: An Illustrated History

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In the remote parts of Americas Western territories during much of the 1800s, law and order was overextended or even nonexistent. Guns were used by some, such as hunters and settlers, for self-protection and their very salvation, and by others as a means to impose their will, legally or otherwise. There can be no doubt that the exploration and exploitation of the Western frontier that began in 1804 was inextricably linked to the development of the firearm. It is certainly true today that firearms are associated with the Old West more than with any other era of American history. That Old West period, which ended officially in 1890, saw gun

design and manufacture improve dramatically, such that the “taming of the West” could be accomplished with grit and determination, and also with reliable firearms. It is not surprising to learn that very often those firearms were Colts or Winchesters, since these were the gunmakers who achieved more than most in technological development and manufacturing prowess, pioneering the revolver and the lever-action rifle, respectively. Within these pages are the pistols and revolvers, rifles and carbines used by the hunters, the settlers, the lawmen and the lawless, the military and the showmen. All are interestingly described in accompanying essays written by an acknowledged expert in the field.

Synopsis:

An illustrated survey of the guns that influenced the pioneering era

About the Author

Dean K. Boorman is president of the prestigious Armor and Arms Club of New York. Boorman is also a member of the American Society of Arms Collectors and of the Visiting Committee, Department of Arms and Armor, as well as The Metropolitan Museum of Art. A collector of Colts and Winchesters, he has written for both the American Society and the Armor and Arms Club of New York. He is the author of two companion volumes to this book, The History of Colt Firearms and The History of Smith & Wesson Firearms. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

EXPLORERS AND HUNTERS

The Explorers

Hunters and Trappers

The Gun maker's Shop

THE HANDGUNS

The Handgun in the West and on the Frontier

Colt Paterson Revolvers

Percussion Colts from Hartford

Single and Double Action Revolvers

Deringers 1845-1860

Deringers 1860 and After

Colt "Deringers" and Pocket Pistols

The Colt Single Action Army

Colt's Cartridge Competitors

Handguns and Holsters

LONGARMS

Sharps Rifles

Sharps Competitors

Colt's Shoulder Arms

Volcanic Firearms

The Henry Rifle

Spencer Rifles and Carbines

Winchesters '66-'73

Winchesters '76-86

The Winchester Heritage

Burgess-Whitney Variants

Lesser-Known Longarms

Carrying Longarms

THE LAWMEN AND THE LAWLESS

Outlaw Guns

Pat Gerrett and Billy the Kid

John Wesley Hardin

Doolin, Dalton, and Eichof

Law and Order

The Lawmen

Wyatt Earp

Riding Shotgun

Cowboy Gunman

WEAPONS OF WAR

The Military Until 1871

The Military 1872-1890

Firearms of the Native Americans

THE SHOWMEN

W. F. Cody and the Wild West Shows

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781592286386
Author:
Boorman, Dean K
Publisher:
Lyons Press
Author:
Boorman, Dean K.
Subject:
Firearms & Weapons
Subject:
General History
Subject:
General
Subject:
Antiques-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
First edition
Edition Description:
First
Publication Date:
20041131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
color and bandw illustrations
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
11.75 x 8.25 in

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